Thursday, 02 December 2021 14:16

Tang Museum Public Invitational for Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef; Online Workshop Tuesday

Crochet Coral Reef workshop at the Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Photo courtesy VAM and the Institute For Figuring. Crochet Coral Reef workshop at the Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Photo courtesy VAM and the Institute For Figuring.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to contribute to the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, a community-created coral reef composed of hundreds of crocheted specimens that will go on view as part of the exhibition Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science, which opens Jan. 29, 2022.

For the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, anyone can participate by crocheting structures with coral-like ruffles, which represent hyperbolic geometry, an area of mathematics, either on their own or through upcoming events. The Satellite Reef is part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring. 

To inspire crafters, the Tang will conduct an online workshop at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Hosted by Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara, this program introduces the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef and includes instructors who will lead beginners in the single crochet stitch. People are invited to register via Zoom. 

In addition to the workshops, the Tang offers weekly drop-in Zoom craft circles on Wednesdays through Dec. 15 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Registration is required.

The deadline for the Museum to receive crochet corals is Friday, Jan. 15. Participants can mail them with their name and email address and phone number to: Elizabeth Karp, Senior Museum Registrar, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 

The Zoom events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit tang.skidmore.edu or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Tang Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080. 

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